Year 7 Premium

Year 7 Literacy Catch-Up Premium 2018-19 Literacy Interventions 2018 to 2019

For 2018-19 we received £26,391 catch-up premium but spent significantly more on this area from core funding.

The catch-up premium was used in the following ways:

To help to provide additional English teaching for all year 7 sets and 1 hour of dedicated literacy per fortnight for upper sets and 2 hours for the lower sets. This is in addition to their English lessons. In the literacy lessons students read, complete SPAG exercises and learn spellings.

Extra English teacher approximate cost £24000 including on costs. Also an English TA delivers 20 hours of literacy to year 7. Half a timetable approximate cost £7000

Year 7 reading ages are measured at the beginning of year 7 and targeted students are put on a reading programme immediately. GL assessment on-line tests are used and cost £2880. The current programme we use is Lexia. To enable Lexia literacy intervention to be delivered to targeted year 7s and 8s in form time with TA support. 3 Teaching assistants in the LRC at registration every day. Cost percentage of annual salary approximately £3500.

Lexia Software costs £3000 pa.

There are regular form time literacy challenges.

TAs support students with low literacy levels in class. (This is funded through the SEN budget.)

Considerably more is spent on literacy development in Year 7 than is received in the Catch-Up Premium allocation.
Total spending approximately £43,260.

The school expects to receive a similar amount for catch-up provision in 2019-2020.

The reading ages of all year 7 students will be measured again in July 2019.

The impact of the Lexia intervention programme.

Lexia recommends 60 minutes a week engagement. All engagement times given are in weeks, based on the 60 minute guideline.
Students involved with using Lexia are the weakest students in the year group for reading and/or general academic progress.

Year 7

  • 32 students presently using Lexia.
  • Target students are those with a reading age below 8 and all lowest set.
  • Average progress for this year is 5.7 weeks.
  • Average progress is 2 times the engagement time (based on the recommended 60 minutes engagement per week) and this is with the weakest students in the year group.
  • Year 8 25 students presently using Lexia.
  • Target students are those with a reading age below 8 (in year 7) and all lowest set.
  • Average progress for this year is 13.2 weeks.
  • Average progress is 3.1 times the engagement time (based on the recommended 60 minutes engagement per week).